California Highway Patrol officials are seeking witnesses in a Fourth of July crash on the Interstate 15 in San Diego that sent three young girls to the hospital, one with major injuries.
According to an NBC news report, a 32-year-old Escondido man who was driving a 1995 Toyota 4Runner, said he was driving in the freeway’s far left lane and traveling at about 65 to 70 mph when he felt the
right rear of the vehicle sink. The SUV then entered the center median, hit the center divider and rolled onto its roof.
The three injured girls were transported to a local hospital. A 6-year-old girl suffered major injuries. The SUV was reported being driven by her uncle. The man’s two children, girls aged 5 and 9, suffered moderate injuries. No other vehicle was involved in the collision. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact CHP at (619) 220-5492.
We hope none of these young victims suffered life-threatening injuries in this rollover crash. We wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
SUV Rollover Crashes
Rollovers are much more common for SUVs and pickups than for other types of passenger vehicles, and more common for SUVs than for pickups. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2012, 55 percent of SUV occupants killed in crashes were in vehicles that rolled over. By comparison, 46 percent of deaths in pickups and 24 percent of deaths in cars were in rollovers.
Pickups and SUVs tend to be involved in rollovers more frequently than cars because of the physical differences between these vehicles. SUVs and pickups are taller than cars and have greater ground clearance, causing their mass to be distributed higher off the road relative to the width of the vehicle. Passengers and cargo can increase the center of gravity even more.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Toyota 4Runner lost control of the vehicle. It must be determined whether there was a vehicle defect, design flaw or mechanical malfunction in the SUV that may have caused or contributed to the incident. Did the rear tire fail causing the vehicle to go out of control?
In such cases, it is important to preserve the vehicle intact, so an expert can assess it for any types of flaws or malfunctions. If the incident was caused by a defective auto or defective design, the automaker can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. An experienced auto product liability lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.